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Handwriting Without Tears Program

Handwriting Without Tears makes printing and cursive easy to teach and easy to learn.

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Writing Readiness (Transitional K and Kindergarten)

By playing, singing, and building letters, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students develop the important skills they need to print words, sentences, and paragraphs. Lessons address grip, letter and number recognition, and capital and number formation.


Printing (Grades 1–2)

The Handwriting Without Tears® printing program in first and second grade develops strong printing skills with hands-on activities and lessons that integrate important language arts skills, including sentence, word, and paragraph composition. Second grade also includes an option to introduce cursive in the last quarter of the school year.

Cursive (Grades 3–5)

The Handwriting Without Tears® cursive program teaches a clean, vertical style of cursive that is easy to learn, easy to read, and easy to write. Lessons include engaging and memorable activities for cursive mastery, and strategies for identifying and remediating your students’ writing and to keep them on track to reach cursive success! 

Workbook Design

The Handwriting Without Tears workbooks are accessible, friendly, and promote successful work. We want children to practice correctly, therefore our workbook pages promote efficient, effective practice for each letter.

Child Friendly, Simple Language.

The consistent, child friendly language makes letter formation easy by using fewer, carefully selected words that children know or understand.


Large Step-by-Step Models.

Large step-by-step images show students how to make each part of every letter.


Black & White, Simple, Clean Design & Illustrations.

The black and white pages are clean and clear to deliberately avoid visually confusing backgrounds, colored graphics, crowded pages, and multicolored lines. The simple workbook pages are appealing and invite children to color and draw once they have finished the lesson.

The illustrations also promote left-to-right directionality to encourage correct visual tracking and writing direction.


Line Generalization: Success on All Paper Styles.

Line generalization activities help children learn different types of paper they may encounter in the classroom. They begin with the simple double lines, then progress to different types, including three lines and a single line. Learn more about our double lines and why they work here.


Lefty Friendly.

Every workbook is lefty friendly. Teaching pages provide models on the left and right so that left-handed children can easily see the model they are copying. Lefties never have to lift their hands or place them in an awkward position to see a model.

Why It Works Easy to learn & teach!

Developmental Sequence & Letter Order promote quick success.

The Handwriting Without Tears teaching sequence takes advantage of child development and brain research to promote effective learning and good habits. Teaching letters in a developmental order helps children master skills and boosts confidence. We teach capitals first, and then lowercase letters.

Multisensory Teaching addresses all learning styles.

Children move, touch, feel, and manipulate real objects as they learn the habits and skills essential for writing. The curriculum also uses music to speak to children and promote movement and memory.

Learn & Check enforces correct formation and self-checking.

The workbooks teach children to check their letter, word, and sentence skills after new lessons. Students check their letters for correct start, steps, and placement. Words are checked for correct size, placement, and closeness. Sentences are checked for correct capitalization and word spacing.

Review & Mastery provides practice to gain fluency.

In the cursive program, mastery of concepts is reinforced with three levels of Review & Mastery activities throughout student workbooks. The consistent, engaging review motivates students, increases activity retention, and sets them on the path to writing fluency.

NEW! HITT: The Future of Handwriting Instruction

Bring your workbooks to life with HITT: The Handwriting Interactive Teaching Tool. Learn more.

Bundle Workbooks: See Success, Save Money!

Bundle a handwriting workbook with a journal and a NEW Building Writers workbook for consistent writing instruction and cost savings!

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